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When the waters run dry

15 Feb 2013
by Aleatha Ezra, Director of park member development, World Waterpark Association
Throughout the US and Europe, city administrators and community members are starting to ask waterpark operators to explain and justify their water consumption.

Each year the World Waterpark Association hears from its members that a particular issue has started to become of greater concern to them, and to the future success of their business.

For the past few seasons, many of these hot topics have centered around the economy. However, in recent months, a new 'hot' topic has come under discussion, which involves global warming and climate change and the effect it might have on the water leisure industry.

Seasonal, outdoor waterpark operators have long been aware that shifting weather patterns affect their businesses on a daily basis. How could they not be when extended rainy periods can wipe out a large percentage of their 100-day operating season? What is new to this discussion is how guest perception of waterparks may be changing in areas where climate change has led to severe drought conditions and water conservation efforts.

Throughout the US and Europe, city administrators and community members are starting to ask waterpark operators to explain and justify their water consumption. This has become especially apparent when new projects are proposed in areas where water usage is heavily regulated.

To aid members in these conversations, the WWA worked with industry consultant Eric B Hansen with Hotel & Leisure Advisors to publish an article, When the Waters Run Dry, in the October-November issue of World Waterpark Magazine.

The article looks at the difference in water use versus water consumption, water conservation as a design principle, best management practices and how to develop a drought response plan, among other topics.



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